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Tarique Ghaffur joined Greater Manchester Police in 1974 and worked in CID and uniform roles up to the rank of Chief Inspector. In 1989 he transferred to Leicestershire Constabulary, where as a Superintendent and then Chief Superintendent, Tarique Ghaffur gained experience in both operational commands in Loughborough and Leicester City, as well as a variety of strategic roles, including heading a major force review.

In 1996, Tarique Ghaffur became an ACPO member and transferred to Lancashire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable where he was appointed head of operational policing for the force and for a short period was also responsible for Human Resources. Whilst in Lancashire, Tarique Ghaffur headed a major anti-terrorist operation in relation to the Blackpool Labour Party Conference. He also led a major corruption enquiry into a public organisation.

In 2000, Tarique Ghaffur was selected to be a Deputy Assistant Commissioner and transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service. He initially assumed command of territorial policing in South London and in 2000 was appointed as the Commander of Westminster Borough, the biggest Basic Command Unit in the United Kingdom and 11th biggest ‘police force’ in terms of workload and establishment.

Tarique Ghaffur was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2001 and took command of the Policy, Review and Standards Directorate. Amongst a broad portfolio, Tarique Ghaffur worked closely with senior criminal justice partner Heads in London and nationally to formulate an effective and collaborative partnership. In addition, after a period of extensive consultation, he also oversaw the completion of the MPS Corporate Strategy ‘Safer City’.

In November 2002, Tarique Ghaffur set up the Specialist Crime Directorate, to provide a distinct response to tackling all aspects of serious and organised crime in London, including homicide and gun crime. He was responsible for the institution of a number successful innovative programmes to tackle organised crime around such issues as human trafficking, Heathrow Airport and serious fraud. He also developed Operational Quadrant to build confidence in South Asian communities in London through effective law enforcement and community engagement. Tarique Ghaffur has overseen a number of high profile investigations, including the Damilola Taylor and Victoria Climbié cases. In 2004, Tarique Ghaffur carried out a comprehensive crosscutting review of race and diversity within the MPS.

Since June 2006, Tarique Ghaffur has been responsible for delivering ‘Capital City Policing’ around firearms, public order, traffic, communications and contingency planning. He has also been appointed the Olympic Security Co-ordinator for the Olympic Games in 2012.

Through over 30 years of policing allied to his personal life, Tarique Ghaffur has create a real sense of proportion around diversity and has become recognised as a ‘champion’ of equality and diversity and a positive role model, resulting in his receipt of a number of community awards, including the House of Lords High Achievement Award 2003. In 2006, he was named in the Public Sector Power 100 list and also received Asian Who’s Who International award for Asian Leadership in diversity.

Tarique Ghaffur has a BA (Hons) in Public Administration, an MA in Criminology and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He has attended the International FBI course in the USA and been awarded a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education (University of Virginia). In 2001 Tarique Ghaffur received the Queen's Police Medal and in June 2004 was awarded the CBE. 

Tarique Ghaffur has written a number of influential articles on policing and communities, as well as delivering a considerable number of international, national and local presentations on a range of policing issues.

Tarique Ghaffur is married with two children and has a strong interest in Asian music and sports - particularly squash - where he has won numerous awards and represented the police service at the national level.


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